This article originally appeared on Buick.com.
DETROIT – The 2016 Envision is an all-new luxury compact crossover with segment-challenging driving dynamics, advanced technology, connectivity and Buick’s trademark interior acoustics. It is a global vehicle, designed from the ground up as a Buick luxury compact crossover. It goes on sale in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2016.
“The all-new Buick Envision is a modern, confident and responsive luxury compact crossover that combines the brand’s core characteristics with great performance features like our HiPer strut suspension,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “That dynamic experience behind the wheel is complemented by Buick’s signature luxury, whisper-quiet cabin and connectivity features to benefit drivers and passengers alike.”
Vehicle highlights include:
- 252-horsepower (186 kW) 2.0L turbo engine with stop/start technology, Buick’s first crossover vehicle application of HiPer Strut front suspension and Buick’s first active Twin Clutch AWD system
- LED daytime running lamps and rear LED accent lights
- Efficiency-enhancing features including active grille shutters and a structure incorporating mass-reducing high-strength steel, and an aluminum hood
- Standard heated front seats, rear seats, and steering wheel; available cooled front seats
- Sliding, 60/40-split rear seat, offering the flexibility of more legroom for second-row passengers
- Standard eight-way power-adjustable front seats and four-way-adjustable lumbar
- Kneeling cushions in the second-row seat enable a flatter load floor when the seat is folded
- Standard tri-zone climate control with rear-seat controls
- Programmable power liftgate with hands-free operation
- Active noise cancelation
· Standard nineteen-inch aluminum wheels
- Passive entry and push-button start with standard remote start
- Standard Bose premium sound system
- Available panoramic moonroof.
The Envision is also designed to carry more than its competitors, with more rear cargo space than the Acura RDX and the Lincoln MKC. It’s also roomier for passengers, with more rear legroom, front and rear shoulder room, and overall Environmental Protection Agency-rated passenger volume than the MKC.